Counsel One Another: A Theology of Personal Discipleship


Today, churches are increasingly placing their confidence in Christian psychology as the answer to their need for the ministry of counseling. But counseling is not primarily the work of the professional: it is a crucial way for believers in Christ to demonstrate biblical love toward one another within a gospel-centered, truth-driven, and grace-dispensing church environment. That is the main point of this book.
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Today, churches are increasingly placing their confidence in Christian psychology as the answer to their need for the ministry of counseling. But counseling is not primarily the work of the professional: it is a crucial way for believers in Christ to demonstrate biblical love toward one another within a gospel-centered, truth-driven, and grace-dispensing church environment. That is the main point of this book.
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This book gets it right! Comprehensive and convincing, Counsel One Another shows how true biblical counseling and preaching fit hand-in-glove. Those who preach, teach, or counsel regularly are sure to benefit greatly from this helpful resource.

—John MacArthur

The ministry of counseling has far too long been relegated to the professional counselor. Paul Tautges in his book Counsel One Another brings the biblical command for discipleship right back to the local church and to all believers. He takes the word counseling, a word often perceived as only for professionals, a threatening word to the average church layman as a job they dare not do, and helps to reduce that fear and encourages them to fulfill their responsibility by uniquely redefining it biblically as intensely focused and personal discipleship. Rather than send people who are struggling spiritually, socially and emotionally to a limited group of professionals, Tautges makes the case theologically that the responsibility for all church members is to disciple one another and to restore hurting people. He makes it clear that it is not just the pastors that are responsible to counsel, but also a “one another” ministry for all who claim the name of Christ. This is a must read for every pastor and layman who take Matthew 28 and discipleship in the local church seriously, as Christ commanded.

—Dr. Ron Allchin, director of the Biblical Counseling Center near Chicago

Paul Tautges’ book is readable, accessible, practical and biblical. More than just a handbook for Christian counsellors, Counsel one another encourages and enables the Church to address the need for biblical discipleship. Loaded with information and application this is an excellent workbook for all Christians who are seeking to grow in grace and take their rightful place in the body of Christ

—Dr Jim Winter

A gathering storm surrounds the day in which we live, a dark hour in which the absolute sufficiency of the Scripture has come under attack. But how refreshing--and rare--to see a book like this that asserts the irresistible power of God's Word to develop true discipleship by the sovereign working of His Spirit. This is not a 'trendy book' like so many, blown about by the prevailing evangelical winds. Rather, here is an anchor for authentic ministry that will stimulate real spiritual growth in God's people. May the Lord set an open door before this book and use it to affect the lives of many.

—Dr. Steven J. Lawson, Senior Pastor, Christ Fellowship Baptist Church, Mobile, Alabama

Like their pastors, most Christians have adopted a professionalized or psychologized view of counseling that naturally excludes uneducated laity. This is why I believe this book, Counsel one another, addresses a serious deficiency in the discipleship ministry of Christians within the church. It advocates a radical departure from the status quo and a return to an authentic personal ministry of the Word among Christians through discipleship-counseling. It effectively lays the theological foundation for Christians regaining the New Testament priority of addressing personal soul troubles with biblical counsel.

—Dr. John D. Street, Chair, Graduate Program in Biblical Counseling, The Master’s College and Seminary, Santa Clarita, California

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846251429
  • Publisher: Great Writing
  • Publication date: 10/31/2014
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 561,255
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Paul Tautges served Immanuel Bible Church in Sheboygan for over twenty years, Wisconsin as pastor-teacher since 1992. His preaching and teaching ministry often takes him overseas for the equipping of national pastors for the work of church-based ministry. He is also a conference speaker, author of Delight in the Word: Biblical Counsel for Everyday Issues, and a biblical counselor certified with the National Association of Nouthetic Counselors (NANC) and the International Association of Biblical Counselors (IABC). Paul and his wife Karen have ten children.
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Table of Contents


The Need for this Book

The Statement of the Problem

The Solution to the Problem

The Intended Scope of this Book

The Definition of Key Terms

The Working Definition


Analysis of Disciple-making

What Is a Disciple?

What Is Discipleship?

Authority for Disciple-makers

Authority is Essential because of the Gospel

Authority is Essential because of the Devil

Actions of Disciple-makers

Evangelizing: We Must Tell Others to Repent and Believe

Baptizing: We Must Teach Others to Identify with Christ

Teaching: We Must Train Others to Obey Christ

Assurance to Disciple-makers



Challenge to Conversion

Willful Independence

Selfish Cruelty

Total Depravity

Spiritual Unresponsiveness

Circumstances of Conversion

Counseling in Light of Conversion







Verbal Abuse

Practical Warning

Changes from Conversion

God Regenerates Dead Sinners and Forgives

God Sets Sinners Apart as His Own Possession

God Declares Sinners Righteous in Christ



Discipline the Thoughts of the Mind

Be Prepared

Be Alert

Be Hopeful

Discipline the Lusts of the Heart 2

The Problem of Insatiable Lusts

The Problem of Indwelling Sin

Discipline the Habits of Life

Putting Off Sin and Putting On Righteousness

Cast Away the Sins that Hinder Growth

Crave the Word that Promotes Growth



The Presuppositions of Biblical Counseling

Biblical Counseling Presupposes a Spiritual Relationship

Biblical Counseling Presupposes a Spiritual Problem

Biblical Counseling Presupposes a Spiritual Goal

The Qualifications of the Biblical Counselor

The Responsibilities of the Biblical Counselor

Restore Gently, with Grace.

Restore Humbly, with Self-examination.

Restore Supportively, with Accountability.



Sufficiency of the Word





Surgery from the Word

Divine Book

Living Book

Active Book

Penetrating Book

Discerning Book

Scripture Memory

Feeds Biblical Meditation

Flushes the Mind of Sinful Thought Patterns

Forces Our Emotions to Submit

Fortifies the Will to Choose God’s Way



God’s Wisdom Challenged

God’s Wisdom Superior to Human Philosophy

The Priority of God’s Revelation

The Permanency of God’s Revelation

The Plan of God’s Revelation

The Pleasure of God’s Revelation

The Preaching of God’s Revelation

The Power of God’s Revelation

God’s Wisdom Displayed in the Gospel

The Gospel is True Wisdom

The Gospel is not of this Age

The Gospel is Hid from Temporal Rulers

The Gospel is Now Revealed to Some People

The Gospel is Revealed as God’s Eternal Counsel

The Gospel is not Understandable to the Unaided

God’s Wisdom Revealed by the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the Agent of Revelation

The Holy Spirit Knows the Thoughts of God

The Holy Spirit has been Given to Believers

God’s Wisdom Victorious

The Mode of Warfare

The Means of Warfare



The Basis for Community

The Preeminence of Jesus Christ

The Privilege of Entry into God’s Presence

The Possession of a Great High Priest

The Building Blocks of Community

Drawing Near in Worship

Holding Fast in Hope

Encouraging Growth in Godliness



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